07/29/14 3:57pm

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing begins this weekend and will take place August 1-3, 2014.

During this three-day period, customers will not be charged the state and local retail sales tax on school supplies priced at $20 or less per item, or on articles of clothing, including footwear, costing $100 or less each. This includes items like pencils, pens, binders, paints, musical instruments and calculators, as well as pants, shirts, formal wear, shoes, flip-flops, and even uniforms.

While it is commonly referred to as the “back-to-school” sales tax holiday, it is important to remember that the sales tax holiday is for ALL shoppers, not just those with children heading back to school . Therefore, it is also an opportunity to purchase office supplies and shoes and clothing for adults tax free. There is no limit on the number of items you can buy as long as each one qualifies under the holiday’s guidelines.

Lists of exempt items, along with guidelines for the sales tax holiday and a set of frequently asked questions, are available online at the Tax Department’s Sales Tax Holiday Information Center.

07/29/14 2:58pm

FireFlies Del Ray

Join FireFlies Del Ray every Tuesday night for trivia. Challenge yourself and your friends, claim your prize. You can come by yourself or bring a team. Quizmaster Rich will be hosting and Jill will be behind the bar. It’s a blast. Great food and drink specials. Fireflies is located at 1501 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Call and make reservation 703-548-7200.

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07/29/14 2:16pm

Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and Community Partners for Children (CPC), an Alexandria nonprofit organization, will kick off their annual Back-to-School Drive for school supplies for students this Tuesday, July 29. Each fall, many Alexandria students of all ages face the prospect of starting school without adequate supplies.

“By coming together as a community, we can ensure all students have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence,” says FACE Manager Krishna Leyva.

In partnership with CPC and local businesses, FACE will collect backpacks, spiral notebooks, wide-rule notebook paper, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, two-pocket folders, pencil pouches, scissors, rulers, and school supplies for all age groups. These supplies will then be distributed to ACPS students through each school’s social workers.

FACE is asking the community to donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off in collection bins placed in local area businesses.

The Back-to-School Drive runs until Sunday, Aug. 24. Anyone wishing to contribute may help as follows:

  • Donate new backpacks and school supplies by dropping them off in one of the donation boxes at the locations listed in the flier.
  • Volunteer to help sort school supplies on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at T.C. Williams High School. To volunteer, email Krishna Leyva.
07/29/14 1:07pm

You can see our other posts on Uber at this link.


An Uber cab driver has been arrested for second-degree sexual assault of a passenger.

D.C. police have charged 31-year-old Reshad Chakari, who lives in Alexandria. Chakari was released on bond, but cannot work for Uber or any cab service until his case is complete.

A woman reported the incident, which occurred along the 1400 block of Rhode Island Ave. in Northwest, on July 20 to D.C. police.

Chakari will be back in court on August 6.

In a written statement, Uber’s Taylor Bennett says Chakari’s driver account has been suspended and Uber is ready to assist in the investigation.

Bennett says the matter is being treated with the utmost urgency and care.

Read more at this link.

07/29/14 10:51am

FedexField photo by Flickr user dbking

If you’re headed into Maryland this afternoon, just an advisory that there’s a soccer game scheduled at FedEx Field this afternoon which may affect rush hour traffic.